Cotton Club

New York City, New York, United States of America

The Cotton Club was a famous jazz music night club located in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City which operated from 1923 to 1940, most notably during America's Prohibition Era lasting from 1919 to 1933. The club was a white-only establishment even though it featured many of the greatestAfrican American entertainers of the era including Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Adelaide Hall, Count Basie, Bessie Smith, Cab Calloway, The Nicholas Brothers, Lottie Gee, Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, and Ethel Waters....

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  • Later that year, in the fall, we had a six-piece recording date. Mills never lost his liking for the original small-combo sound, even when the big band had made its mark. On this occasion, as usual, the night before was the time for me to write and think music. I already had three tunes and, while waiting for my mother to finish cooking dinner, I began to write a fourth. In fifteen minutes, I wrote the score for “Mood Indigo.” We recorded it, and that night at the Cotton Club, when it was almost time for our broadcast, Ted Husing, the announcer, asked, “Duke, what are we going to play tonight?” I told him about the new number, and we played it on the air, six pieces out of the eleven-piece band. The next day, wads of mail came in raving about the new tune, so Irving Mills put a lyric on it, and royalties are still coming in for my evening’s work more than forty years later. Husing, incidentally, was a beautiful cat with an up-to-the-minute awareness then known as “hip.” He was radio’s number-one announcer, and he did a great deal for us.

    Herb BoydThe Harlem Reader

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